News Roundup For March 5th, 2015

Fabulous Footwork

The Ginyu Force may have been blasted into the next dimension but Frieza's army keeps their memory alive by striking fancy poses in this commercial for Mets diet cola. Did you know that Frieza does all his own choreography? Don't get so caught up in the groove that you get in the way of his Death Beam laser light show.

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Spellbinding Lips

Your clicks count! The proof-of-concept animated short for the manga Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches hit one million YouTube views and to celebrate it's receiving a full-blown anime adaptation this April with opening theme by Brit-pop hopefuls Weaver! When our titular everyman bumps heads with the top female student in school they suddenly switch bodies! Turns out that she and the other classmates are witches whose magical powers can only be activated with a kiss. Gender-swapping has never been so wacky!

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Get Shorty

Seijuro Akashi 1/8 scale figure

Akashi may be the smallest member of the Generation of Miracles but that doesn't make him any less imposing--though the lightning certainly helps. His odd-eye, on the other hand, is no trick of the light!

Kuroko's Basketball Figure Series - Kuroko's Basketball: Seijuro Akashi 1/8 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: Approx. 1/8
Size: Approx. H180mm 

Calling All Ninja Headz

Ninja Slayer anime

The Ninja Slayer anime is so far ahead of the curve that it's streaming worldwide this April and won't even bother with an old-fashioned TV broadcast until 2016. Can studio Trigger shake up the medium as much as they did with Kill La Kill with this tale of a salaryman turned Ninja to avenge the murder of his family? Find out when it streams on Niconico this April 16 at 11:00 p.m. JST.

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Built to Last

Fumina Hoshino Gundam Build Fighters TRY figure

Fumina's outfit shows you everything there is to see except for the outcome of her next Gunpla Battle! I mean, at the end of the day we watch Gundam for the robots, right?

Gundam Girls Generation - Gundam Build Fighters TRY: Fumina Hoshino 1/10 Complete Figure [MegaHouse]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: Approx. 1/10
Size: Approx. 16cm 

Free Yourself From Chafed Nipples

Free jackets

Yorke, the lyricist and uhm, painter of Oldcodex, the band responsible for the opening themes for Free!, designed these totally outrageous jackets that can be yours at ¥10,800 a pop. Order through the official Lantis web shop for a free Free! character-specific poster.

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Stand By Me

Wish your waifu was more independent and able to support herself? AmiAmi comes to the rescue with this sturdy stand to hang your huggy pillow on. It even folds for easy storage if your parents come home early and you need to hide the girl you snuck into your room.

Hugging Pillow Stand "SuguPata" [AmiAmi]
Size: 1600 x 518mm when displayed (400 x 510 x 40mm when folded)
Compatible Hugging Pillow Cover Size: Approx. H1600 x W500mm (made of stretchable cloth)
Material: Paper

Preview: Amairo Islenauts - Shirley Warwick 1/8 Complete Figure (w/AmiAmi Exlcusive Bonus) by Broccoli

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Meshi here, ready to deliver another heaping helping of figure previews! Today we're looking at the head of the harem in Yuzu Soft's island-in-the-sky eroge masterpiece Amairo Islenauts. Let's dig in!

Amairo Islenauts - Shirley Warwick 1/8 Complete Figure (w/AmiAmi Exlcusive Bonus) [Broccoli] 

This may be a weird way to start the review, but I wonder if she waxes. I mean, you just can't get that sheen with your garden variety cleaning spray. Anyhow, enough about the table--let's look at who's on top!

Honor student, doujin artist, super freak... Shirley's a multifaceted young lady, so it's fitting that her expression varies with your viewing angle. This one's my favorite but I'll explore the rest as we go.

This phone presents so many possibilities. Some of them lead to a good ending, some to a very bad one. The dress, on the other hand, makes its message clear from every angle.

The length of Shirley's goldilocks is juuuuust right. So is the toning and sculpt, adding tons of depth!

The separately molded *wink wink* bra looks as soft and silky smooth as its cargo. Find out if the same painstaking attention to detail went into what lies beneath at your own risk!

Pair her up with fellow Islenaut Yune-san (sold separately) for a study session you'll remember long after the test.

 This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home. This moe piggy got both figures, and regrets he has none! This furniture gives the figures as much replay value as the game itself.

What's more, the AmiAmi Exclusive version will come with a fashion carabiner based on this visual! And now for our parting shot...

She took that so literally! If you like your girls majime to a fault, look no further!

Amairo Islenauts - Shirley Warwick 1/8 Complete Figure (w/AmiAmi Exlcusive Bonus) [Broccoli] 

*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ. 

News Roundup for March 4th, 2015

Moe Mechanics

Kaden Shojo

Hey, is your refrigerator running? Better go catch it! No seriously, once the Internet of Things has every device ever hooked into the Matrix and AI surpasses human intelligence (I give us until the year 20XX) the world will be run by home electronics powered by wafer-thin waifu microchips. Or at least that's the pitch for Kaden Shojo, an upcoming mobile game from Aniplex subsidiary Bancho Seisakusho, where you build a team of anime girl appliances to fight evil robot masters and patent trolls. Preregister today if you think Puzzle & Dragons is so last-gen.

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If You Got the Dough, Go Nuts

I'm forgoing sweets this week to save up for my other comfort food--loli vampires! The only thing tasier than a doughnut is the face Shinobu makes when she bites into one.

Nisemonogatari - Shinobu Oshino 1/8 Complete Figure [Alter]
Pre-painted Complete PVC Figure
Scale: 1/8
Size: Approx. 170mm (including hat, base)
[Set Contents]
-Main figure
-Optional parts (3 types of expressions, 2 types of donuts)

Building a Better Robot

As their name suggests, the Production Committee to Make Anime We Want to Watch is pushing for a grassroots campaign that's more organic than the traditional investor-driven model. They asked the public to submit pitches and designs for a mecha show, then whittled down the 400 applications to five. You can see the proof-of-concept trailers on the official homepage below. Whichever receives the most views will be made into a series for Fuji Television, so make your voice heard by jamming the refresh button on your favorite clip.

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I'm Yashi-P and I'm Here to Say Mikuhop is Here in a Major Way

Back in the '90s Japanese hip-hop group Lamp Eye set the rap world ablaze with their fiery disses on the classic track "Shogen." Now seven Hatsune Miku MCs are borrowing the beat to talk their own brand of user generated trash. Check out the results on Niconico Doga but be warned--lyrics contain explicit content.


Mister Popular

The Akihabara branch of hobby shop Lashinbang let fans vote for their favorite The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls character and the results are in: With 904 votes, it's a landslide victory for the Producer! The secret must be in his smile.


Prime Candy Prizes

These Transformer candy toys are more than meets the eye--which is to say, you won't know which 'bot you get until you open the box. At least you get a piece of banana-flavored bubblegum to work your frustration on if you don't get the one you want.

Transformer D Collection 8Pack BOX (CANDY TOY) [Kabaya Foods]
8 Packs/Box w/Banana-flavored gum
Assorted according to maker's rate from 6 types. *
3 types, 2 color variations

Preview: S.I.C. - Kamen Rider Wizard: Flame Dragon & All Dragon "Kamen Rider Wizard" by Bandai

Hey there, Shizu-Shabadoobee Touch Henshin!-Mecha here. Today's S.I.C. figure screams SHOWTIME! by just standing still. What else does he have in store for us?

Looking at this figure it's no wonder why Wizard is widely regarded as the most refined rider design to date. Being a S.I.C. (that stands for Super Imaginative Chogokin B.T.W.) figure, that magical design has been turned up to eleven-thousand!  In addition to figuratively, the abundance of clear and shiny parts makes him a literal jewel in the Kamen Rider crown too!

Summon up the Drago Skull and use the included Tamashii Stage for Action to breathe a little fire into your figure collection!

The Wizard Driver's Hand Author is poseable and you can even put on the Drago Timer! Look closely and you'll see they somehow managed to fit all four colors onto it flawlessly. The 6-piece cape allows for all sorts of grand poses to accentuate his graceful gestures.

Next up are these All Dragon parts. I suppose you could add them on separately but I'm going for all or nothing!

Final Time: All Dragon, please!!

Flame! Water! Land! Huricane! Go All Dragon!! With the head, hand, leg, wings and tail on Wizard measures just over 30cm x 30cm, making him the largest S.I.C. Kamen Rider to date!

Of course the dragon parts all got a totally S.I.C. makeover as well. Maybe that's putting it too lightly. He's a wholly new and sinister beast with these parts!

Despite their appearance the parts are all really durable so there's no need worry about snapping them off during regular handling. What's more, the claws, tail and wings are poseable!

All Dragon's gotta fly, but the standard stage isn't up to the challenge of all that mass so you'll have to use a trident stage (sold separately) to get him airborne. As you can kind of see the wings are comprised of three pieces. 

Get super imaginative with the pieces and create your own custom Dragon!

Here's the final form of my photography! 

How do you improve upon perfection? Just ask the wizards in the S.I.C. design team! The figure cast such a spell on me that I had goosebumps the entire time it was in the studio. Whether he is strictly for SHOWTIME or you plan on playing with him, you can' go wrong with this figure!

Preview: S.I.C. - Kamen Rider Wizard: Flame Dragon & All Dragon "Kamen Rider Wizard" [Bandai]

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*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.